National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week


Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our community and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer.

Theme – 2015

More than 6 million Australian volunteers give happiness to others each year. And research says that that those volunteers are happier as a result. So this National Volunteer Week (11-17 May 2015), help us make Australia the happiest place on earth, by giving as much of your time as you can. Give Happy. Live Happy.

Key dates for the 2015 National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May):

  • February 2015 – Merchandise available for purchase
  • February 2015 – Associated National Volunteer Week collateral (posters, certificates etc) available
  • May 2015 – National Volunteer Week celebrated from 11 – 17 May


Download the 2015 National Volunteer Week logo and Give Happy Live Happy device below. Further materials will become available for both organisations and individuals over the coming months. Watch this space!


To view the Media Release and Media Backgrounder (Volunteering and Happiness: The Facts) click here.

National Volunteer Week logo (jpeg files)

Give Happy Live Happy Device (jpeg files)

National Volunteer Week dates for coming years:

NVW 2015: 11 – 17 May 2015
NVW 2016: 9 – 15 May 2016
NVW 2017: 8 – 14 May 2017

> NVW 2014: We celebrated the power of volunteers by launching the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week in Mackay with our annual One BIG Thank You! and announced two new initiatives theCommunity Commons Project and Virtually Done (view event speeches). We also held aColourSpectrumsprofessional development session for volunteer managers in Brisbane, shone a spotlight on Sunshine Coast volunteering and volunteer management, thanked Logan’s volunteers with a fun day out, recognisedToowoomba’s volunteers, and supported events in Sandgate and at Greenslopes Private Hospital.

> NVW 2013: Check out our photo recap including our launch event One BIG Thank You! (plus, viewspeeches from this event), Youth Looking Beyond Disasters and our Futuring Volunteer Management forum and its subsequent report.
> NVW 2012: Read about Logan’s Community Games and watch the livestream of our launch event.
> NVW 2011: View our media release and watch videos from our main events.

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